eOsphere is pleased to be involved in a new project designed to develop new meteorological and oceanographic products and services to assist with maritime search and rescue. Maritime accidents often occur under poor weather conditions, e.g.: heavy wind, low visibility, high waves, icing, which are challenging for maritime search and rescue units. It is clear that meteorological and sea state information can be useful for search and rescue teams, but the real challenge is in getting accurate information to the right people as quickly as possible, often under difficult circumstances.

CAESAR will be led by VTT in Finland and is supported by ESA’s IAP programme. Other project partners are the Finnish Meteorological Institute, CGI (previously Logica Finland), MeriTaito and the Finnish Border Guard.